One Glowing Review: A Small But Bright Beginning

I have exactly one review so far for my new book.

It may not seem like much at first, but take a closer look

And feast your eyes upon the splendor of five shining stars,

More beautiful to me than Saturn, Jupiter or Mars!


How precious glows the gem of one who took the time to write

And share her thoughts on how this story gave her such delight!

Some readers promise book reviews, but how many deliver?

That’s why I want to take the time to thank this cheerful giver.


To me, it’s like the widow’s mite, a gift straight from her heart.

No one can tell the value of this precious work of art.

Like Jesus multiplying food, I choose to  magnify

What God can do with little and trust Him to multiply


The fruit of this beginning, which, though small, I won’t despise,

Because the tiniest of gems is mighty in God’s eyes.

What He can do with one review is more than I may know,

And so I’ll thank Him for this one and trust that it will grow


Into more feedback so that hungry readers may find out

What lies within this tale of mine and what it’s all about,

Because the focus isn’t money. It’s about the seed,

The precious truths within this book designed to meet the need


Of brokenhearted people searching for a little hope,

The ones left dangling as it were from a fraying rope.

I want somehow to reach them and to give them some relief,

Bring comfort to their aching souls and minimize their grief.


If one review can give a glimpse into this book of mine,

Then what can I not accomplish on this mission divine?

For truly it’s the little things that make a story great,

And when God shines on them, the work is never second-rate.





Forgive Uncaring Critics and Blog Hogs

Forgive the blog hog who devoured your slice of cyberspace

And stole the wondrous spot you picked as your new domain place.

Forgive the person who debunked your subtle rise to power

By gobbling up the parking place you chose for this fine hour.


Because they know not what they do –

       At least, not as well as you,

       Or maybe they’re just feeling rather blue.

Therefore they have no space to share with you.

So, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

And while you’re at it…


Forgive the critic who just gave your book a bad review,

Requiring you to work much harder five stars to accrue.

To you, his words cut deeply, though for him they might ring true.

Perhaps he had a bad day where his website went askew

And could find nothing better than to take it out on you.


       Perhaps he knows not what is true,

       Or what the right thing is to do.

And has no idea how his words hurt you.

Or maybe he cannot see what is true,

And therefore he has no grace to share with you.

No matter why he wasn’t kind,

Try to forgive him, for he’s blind.

      And while you’re at it…


Forgive the ones who said they’d read your manuscript,

But it seems somehow as if they flipped the script,

Because you never got a firm rejection slip.

And now, as a result, you feel quite gypped,

As if you once stood on firm ground but then you slipped.


(As the scripture says, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.” – Proverbs 25:19. “However, “When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your mercy, O LORD, held me up.” – Psalm 95:18).


So forgive them, for they know not what they do,

And perhaps, concerning friends, they have too few.

Regardless of the reason they neglected you,

You really needn’t worry, fret or stew,

But should allow God’s grace to make things new for you.


(“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:  fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those who wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” – Psalm 37:8-9.  “Say not, ‘I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.” – Proverbs 20:22)